Interface design

A user interface is the part of a computer program that the user is able to interact with to perform various tasks and conduct activities. In particular, the term ‘interface design’ refers to the design of websites and software applications. It is sometimes used synonymously with the term ‘Human-Computer Interaction’ (HCI). The design of an interface is an important consideration, to ensure ease and efficiency of a system’s use.

Interfaces should be designed to be as intuitive as possible to the user. Graphic design techniques are often employed to improve the aesthetics of a system’s design, as well as to improve its usability and accessibility. The interface should also use language that can be easily understood, rather than bombarding the user with technical terms. It should follow standards and conventions that the user would expect from a website or application, in order that their actions do not have unexpected results, and be consistent throughout. Navigation between different parts of the interface should be logical and easy to understand. Colour should be used consistently and sparingly, bearing in mind that the system should also be accessible to colour-blind users.

Usability testing should be conducted over the course of the interface’s design, incorporating an iterative design process.

Related methods include: 2D Graphic design, Accessibility analysis, General website development, Human factors analysis, Iterative design and Usability analysis.

tool: Omeka

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability. Omeka allows users to publish cultural heritage objects, extend its functionality with themes and plugins, and curate online exhibits with digital objects.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
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